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Warren Edward Buffett is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He was the most successful investor of the 20th century. Buffett is the chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway, and consistently ranked as the one of the world’s wealthiest people. In 2012 Time named Buffett one of the world’s most influential people.
Buffett is a noted philanthropist, having pledged to give away 99 percent of his fortune to philanthropic causes, primarily via the Gates Foundation.
Michael Robert Milken’s career has mirrored his four main professional passions: medical research, education, public health and access to capital. He has been uniquely successful in creating value, whether measured in lives saved (Fortune magazine called him “The Man Who Changed Medicine”), inspired students (Forbes said he is an education visionary) or creating jobs. Beginning in 1969, he financed thousands of companies that collectively created millions of jobs.
His philanthropy, which began in the 1970s and paralleled his business career, expanded in 1982 with the establishment of the Milken Family Foundation. Mike is chairman of the widely respected Milken Institute, an economic think tank whose annual Global Conference brings 3,500 leaders from 50 nations to Los Angeles each spring.
Richard C. Adkerson is president, CEO and vice chairman of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., a Fortune 100 CEO and Phoenix’ largest public company, and one of the most recognized figures in the business world. In each of the past seven years he was named Best CEO in his industry by Institutional Investor magazine. He was named Executive of the Year by W.P. Carey School of Business Dean’s Council at Arizona State University in 2011.
He was previously a partner and managing director at Arthur Andersen where he managed the company’s oil and gas industry division. Between 1976 and 1978, he was a professional accounting fellow with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.
Adkerson is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The Business Council, and the Business Roundtable. He serves on the advisory council of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States and as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. He is also chairman of the National World War II Museum, and serves on the board of visitors of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.